Requirements 1-5 above must be met before students may declare their major or enroll in curriculum and instruction courses or required professional education courses. The ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency is given only at scheduled times. Students should consult OCECA for test information. To remain in the early childhood education program, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and earn a grade of C or better in all field and professional education courses. A student also must receive a satisfactory recommendation from the cooperating teacher and University supervisor.
Please note that the State of Illinois is making significant changes in teacher education that may result in revised standards, programs, testing requirements and teaching certificates. It is very important that all prospective and current candidates work closely with their advisors to remain current about course and curriculum changes affecting progress through the programs.
Applying to the program is a separate application process from applying to the University or declaring a major. Admittance to SIUE or declaring a major does not guarantee acceptance into the Early Childhood Partnership Program. Students should contact an early childhood education advisor for admission requirements and deadlines. The early childhood program begins in the fall semester; applications are accepted in the preceding spring semester.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements for admission to early childhood education does not guarantee acceptance. There may be more applicants than there are openings.